Great Britain

Drilling in National Parks?

The British government has been consistently pushing for the controversial fracking technology. A call for tenders for new areas has just been issued. Even national parks are not completely out of the question.

31 Jul 14, Tim Altegör 0
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Renewables funding

The cap is coming

In early April, six months after coming to power, Germany’s new coalition government reached an agreement on the reform of the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act, and set out plans to “overhaul” the way it funds clean electricity. Renewables proponents fear the reform is putting Germany’s “Energiewende” at risk.
22 May 14, Tim Altegör 0
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Alternative Fuel

Microalgae project gets underway in Portugal

A consortium of biotechnology experts has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit that will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner.
1 Aug 14, Vinicius Valente 0
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Price slump in carbon credits for climate protection

Sales of carbon allowances to fund climate-protection projects have ended. The European Investment Bank, which is based in Luxembourg and was responsible for the trading, has completed its sale of the 300 million credits – generating far less funds than anticipated.
22 May 14, Tim Altegör 0
Future energy supply

A brief sociology of the switch to renewables

Electricity is having an ever-greater impact on our daily lives. We discuss the fears and myths that are accompanying the transformation of Germany’s energy system.
28 May 14, Joachim Nitsch* and Uwe Pfenning** 0
European elections 2014
The moderate political groups have lost many seats in the new European Parliament, whereas many Euro skeptic and populist parties all over Europe celebrate significant gain in popularity. The results of the European elections will have an important impact on the European energy and climate policy. In this regards a lot depends also on the composition of the new Commission, especially who the new Energy Commissioner will be.
New investors
Crowdfunding platforms, where individuals finance good ideas online, are now helping to get green projects off the ground. Several of the sites recently launched in Germany specialise in renewables.
Climate change
Floods, storms and heat waves caused by climate change will bring dramatic changes to our world in the coming decades. Cities will be affected the most. Policymakers and scientists are developing strategies to help us adapt.
Scientifically speaking
Following the German government’s heroic decision to phase out all of the country’s nuclear power plants in the next ten years and to undertake a massive expansion of renewable energies, there was a surge of optimism among all those keen on pressing ahead with the switch to renewables. But now reality has brought everyone down to earth with a bump.

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Issue 04 / 2014

Like ice in the sun - energy efficiency and feed-in tariffs at the mercy of politics

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  • 23 Sep 14 to 26 Sep 14

    H2 Expo e-mobility, fuel cells, hydrogen & storage solutions

    , Hamburg (Germany)
  • 23 Sep 14

    Energy Storage: an integrated approach

    Institution Of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Birmingham (United Kingdom)
  • 26 Sep 14

    European Energy Security Forum "Accelerating renewable energy development for reduction of energy dependence of Europe", EuroSEF-2014

    EuroSEF, Brüssel (Belgium)

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